Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Old English Faire

Every year at The Wildlife Prairie Park they have an Old English Faire. The park in itself is one of the best places to visit in Peoria (in my opinion) and the fair is an event we get excited about each time it comes around. This year it fell on Father's Day weekend so early afternoon on Sunday we went to check it out. The fair is full of jousting, dancing, axe throws, too many vendors to count, and homemade root beer. We had a great time, despite the heat- which was nothing compared to two years ago, when I was pregnant and practically dieing. Jonah was old enough to enjoy a bit of the festivities this year. He stared at all the horses in awe and laughed every time a dancer jingled past with their coin embellished skirts.

Aside from the entertainment, there are always so many unique and beautiful handmade goods.
Every year Nick dresses up in his totally cool pirate costume. Doesn't he look awesome? We got Jonah a wooden sword, which was also awesome, but he dropped it on the way out and by the time we realized someone had already picked it up. I was bummed but thankfully he's too little to know the difference...
Henna tattoos, games, dancing, play area
some more details from Nick's costume
I met some very patient and talented women spinning thread, ate the best potato chips I've ever had (that were made right in front of us), made an essential trip to the root beer stand, and checked out the apothecary tent with Matt before heading off to find my treasure. I had decided to look for a thumb ring while we were there since I'd been wanting one for a long time now and figured this would be the perfect place to try and find a Celtic design. It didn't take me long to find the perfect one, and they sized it on the spot!

 It was a great way to spend part of Father's Day, and a  great way to wear out the munchkin :)

Monday, June 18, 2012

Dad's are awesome.

Happy Father's Day to all you Daddies out there:)
I hope yesterday was wonderful for you.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


We were in Patoka this weekend to visit with my family (dad's side). Our reunion's are always great weekends. What could be better than being surrounded by family? Speaking of family, I know that I am very lucky to have grown up with mine. The older I get the more I'm aware of how unique some of our childhood experiences were. Apparently all day sing-a-longs and impromptu splunking isn't that common. Most parents don't take their 8 year olds to dive off rocks, and teach them to drive in old pick up trucks at age 6. Our summers were adventures. And I think we're all braver for it. So thanks parents :) you rock.
cousins. 1995. we were just babies
17 years later.
 *random side note: if Sean were standing between Alan and I, we'd be in the same order in both pictures.
This year, we had a lot to be excited about. Mishell and Hap are an old married couple now ;) Sean was home from Germany, and of course getting to see everyone in general. In true form, here's lots of pictures...

4 generations
now Mr & Mrs Pugh
kid's got a thing for rocks.
I gave dad his b-day and father's day presents.
the glare in this picture is bad :( but someone else is bound to have a better shot.


 I'll leave you with this picture of Matt and I, which perfectly explains our relationship:
if you can live with that level of goof ball- we should be best friends.

Friday, June 8, 2012

soak it in.

This is what I have to look forward to this weekend:


Thursday, June 7, 2012

Daddy's Girl

yep, that's me. Big time. 
and as far as Dad's go... 
I have the best. 
Happy Birthday, Daddy. I love you forever.

Monday, June 4, 2012

The Bailey's

After my Dad finished his Tour De Cure ride on Saturday, we went to see the Bailey's. My Dad is best friends with Rob, and he and his wife Marla are the best. I have known them and their daughter's my whole life, but hadn't seen them in about 7 years. It was so nice to go spend a few days with them. They live in the country, and though I'm an allergy ridden mess out there, it's one of the best places in the world. On Saturday we had a bonfire like no other, picked some berries (which Jonah ate most of, lol), pet some chicks, and on Sunday Jonah played in the water while the guys went and caught our dinner :)

* clicking on any of the photos will allow you to view them larger *
sympathy exhaustion for grandpa? guess the cheering wore him out!

making faces at himself in Grandpa's bumper:

 the great water bottle giggle attack:

Our bonfire is better than yours :)


my little fishy child:

On the road again...

 We didn't want to leave... can't wait to go back again. 
We are so blessed to have such a full and beautiful life. 
Next weekend it's off to Patoka, IL for my family reunion!